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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 11:7


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 11:7

    Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

    World English Bible

    Truly the
    light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 11:7

    The
    light is sweet, and it is delightful for the eyes to see the sun.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Truly the
    light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

    Original Hebrew

    ומתוק
    4966 האור 216 וטוב 2896 לעינים 5869 לראות 7200 את 853 השׁמשׁ׃ 8121

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    VERSE (7) -
    Job 33:28,30 Ps 56:13 Pr 15:30; 29:13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 11:7

    ¶ Suave ciertamente es la luz, y agradable a los ojos ver el sol;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 11:7

    Verse 7. Truly the
    light is sweet - Life is dear to every man as the light of the sun is to the eye. A man would give all that he has for his life, and it is particularly dear to him when he is in ease and affluence: but let each remember that,

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 7. Truly the
    light [is] sweet , etc.] Here begins a new subject, as most think; and some here begin the twelfth and last chapter, and not improperly. This is true of natural light, which is exceeding pleasant, useful, and beneficial; by which men discern objects, behold the things of nature with pleasure, walk in the way without stumbling, and do the work and business of life: and also of civil light or prosperity; for, as afflictions are expressed by darkness, and adversity by night; so the comforts and good things of life by light and day, which are very desirable and delectable: and here “life” itself may be meant, for light is sometimes put for life, which is the light of the living; and what sweeter and more desirable than that, especially a life attended with prosperity and peace? (see Job 33:28,30 3:20 2:4 Psalm 34:12). The Targum and Jarchi interpret it of the light of the law; and which is indeed a light, and so is the whole word of God, ( Proverbs 6:23 <19B9105> Psalm 119:105) ( 2 Peter 1:19); but may be better applied unto the Gospel, which is a great and glorious light, ( Isaiah 9:2 2 Corinthians 4:4); and a means of enlightening dark minds; not only of showing men their sinfulness, as the law does; but the insufficiency of their righteousness, of all their own goodness and good works to justify; it reveals Christ, and the glories of his person; it sets him forth evidently, as crucified and slain, for the worst of sinners; it makes manifest his fulness, ability, and willingness, as a Saviour; righteousness, peace, pardon, and salvation by him; it makes known things not to be discerned by the light of nature, even things wonderful and marvellous, as well as what is the way a man should walk in: and this light is sweet and pleasant, not to a blind and carnal man, who despises it, and reckons it foolishness, but to those who are enlightened by the Spirit of God; and to these it is very delightful, even to all their senses; it is sweet to their taste, a joyful sound to their ears, and beautiful to their sight are the feet of them that bring its good tidings. The light of grace, which appears in first conversion, and comes from God suddenly, which at first is small, but increases, is exceeding pleasant, strikes the soul with delight and wonder; it is marvellous light, ( 1 Peter 2:9); and so is the light of joy and gladness to believers, when it arises to them after a time of darkness, or the light of God’s countenance, ( Psalm 4:6,7); and such will be the light of the latter day glory, and more especially the light of the heavenly state; and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun ; the natural sun, shining at noon day, which is a luminous and glorious body, communicating light and heat to all the world: which is so glorious and so pleasant to behold, that Anaxagoras, the philosopher, being asked what he was born for, answered, “to see the heavens, the sun, and the moon f263 ;” and Eudoxus, another philosopher, said, “he could be content to perish, could he get so near to the sun as to learn the nature of it f264 .”

    To “see the sun”, in the language of this book, is to live in this world, and to enjoy the light of the sun, and the comforts of life; see ( Ecclesiastes 7:11); and now a life, attended with outward prosperity and inward peace, that is spent in doing and enjoying good, is a very desirable and delightful one; though such a man should not think of living always, but of death, and the days of darkness, as in ( Ecclesiastes 11:8). This may he applied to Christ, the sun of righteousness, ( Psalm 84:11 Malachi 4:2); the fountain of all spiritual light and heat; the brightness of his Father’s glory; and who is superior to angels and men; and is to be beheld by faith, and in his own light, as the sun is; and whom to look upon with an eye of faith is exceeding pleasant and delightful, and fills with joy unspeakable and full of glory, ( 1 Peter 1:8).


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Exhortation to liberality. (Eccl. 11:1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (Eccl. 11:7-10)

    Eccl. 11:1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Giv freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excus not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou has further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefi others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every littl difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulatio are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, Gal. 6:9.

    Eccl. 11:7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portio in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes a effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured tha God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope an comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon mean to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of on grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secur happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth __________________________________________________________________


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    ומתוק 4966 האור 216 וטוב 2896 לעינים 5869 לראות 7200 את 853 השׁמשׁ׃ 8121


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